Uplifting Nature Inspired Art – Women Talking talk to Devon-based artist Kat Wilmore, the joy of plants and her plant-based paintings.
Now more than ever, we need to fill our homes with things that make us feel good. In recent years it feels like we have lost our wonder and appreciation for the natural world and the beauty surrounding us and Kat hopes, with her colourful artwork she can bring some attention to the amazing plants and flowers that surround us.
Where does your artistic inspiration come from?
“My work is inspired by my love of gardening and spending time in nature. I feel like no matter the season, life continues. Things emerge and die back but there is an underlying force that never stops and that is very humbling. I wanted to bring the joy it brings me to others through my work. I remember being in awe of Georgia O’Keefe when I was still at school, so I think perhaps that sparked a seed when I was in my teens.”
Have you always been interested in art?
“I studied graphic design and did a Foundation in Fine Art which I absolutely loved, then went on to study painting at university. Unfortunately, my course was a huge letdown. I walked out during a lecture where they told us none of us would make it as artists unless we knew the right people. At the time I was totally demoralised by it and didn’t paint again for 16 years. On maternity leave looking to ditch the 9-5, I started thinking about it again and decided that with the internet, that just isn’t true anymore. I can connect to my customers directly, find my audience of fellow plant lovers, and build a community.”
How does it make you feel when you are painting?
“Pure joy! It is my relaxation and therapy all rolled into one! My children are now 3 and 5, so when I started it was all about doing something for myself in the midst of baby wrangling. Sometimes you can get lost in motherhood.”
What has been the most challenging part of starting your own business?
“Without a doubt, it is juggling around family life. I don’t take days off and that means lots of late nights, early mornings…and unexpected home-school! But I love it and I sometimes have to pinch myself that this is my job.”
Where would you like to see your business going in the future?
“I am currently looking at ways to get my work on wallpaper and fabrics, as I love interior design and many of my customers do too. I am also about to turn my 1930s brick shed into a garden studio. It will be wonderful to reclaim some space of my own and see where this adventure goes next.”
If you would like to add some colour to your life with Plant-Based Paintings they retail giclee prints, original acrylic paintings on canvas and a selection of beautiful cards all available for home delivery.